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Rotowire: Feb 25 / 2:41p ET
News: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Nathan looked good while throwing fastballs and sliders during a bullpen session Wednesday, the Detroit News reports.
Impact: Poor mechanics were blamed for Nathan's struggles last season, as it took the veteran closer several months to lower his arm slot. If Nathan is more comfortable with the adjustments heading into 2015, he may be able to rebound enough to stave off Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon, and Joba Chamberlain from the ninth-inning role this season.
Rotowire: Feb 20 / 10:57a ET
News: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Nathan is the team's closer to begin the spring, the Detroit News reports.
Impact: In addition to confirming Nathan as the closer, Ausmus stated that Joakim Soria is the team's eighth-inning setup man. While those roles are exactly what has been planned throughout the offseason, it's clear that the leash for Nathan is shorter than it has been in the past, as Soria and Bruce Rondon could become options to step into the ninth-inning role if Nathan's 2014 struggles persist.
Rotowire: Feb 2 / 4:21p ET
News: Nathan adjusted his offseason workouts this winter with the hope of adding more agility and flexibility, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.
Impact: After struggling in 2014, Nathan is out to prove that he still has something left in the tank. Tigers general manager Dave Dombroski indicated in October that he expects Nathan to begin the season as the team's closer, but a healthy Joakim Soria is waiting in the wings if the 40-year-old shows any signs of prolonged struggles.